Board of Directors – The August Board meeting will include discussion of how to support new SORH staff or SORHs facing major challenges, the Board will also review the 2015-16 budget and NOSORH refreshed strategic plan.

Communication Committee – The Communication Committee discussed the collection of Real Doc Hollywood stories for National Rural Health Day along with the upcoming NRHD webinars with partners and foundations.

Development Committee – The Development Committee discussed moving forward with approaching foundations that participated in the White House Rural Council meeting. A foundation webinar to discuss the role of foundations on National Rural Health Day was held on Tuesday, August 4th.  Foundations expressed an interest to be kept informed of NRHD efforts.

Educational Exchange Committee – The Educational Exchange Committee agreed upon a new approach toward meeting the education needs of SORH to discuss for future committee calls.  Future committee calls will be held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 4:00 ET.  This is a great time to join the committee!  Contact co-chairs Natalie Claiborne or Scott Ekblad to join.

Flex Committee – During the July Flex Committee meeting members heard an update from CMS on the new Interpretive Guidance for CAHs.  This topic will remain on the agenda for future calls to discuss as needed.  Kristi Martensen reported that Flex awards should be available by mid-August.  John Eich provided a brief update on the Rural Health Data Summit.  The next call will include an update from Larry Baronner from PA on Rural Veteran’s Initiative meeting between NRHA and FORHP.

Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care – JCREC formed a subcommittee to revise the Committee’s current workplan.  The partnership MOU is being reviewed and revised.  Plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Rural EMS Conference.  Watch next month for information on location and date.

Policy Program Monitoring Team – PPMT discussed the comments to Secretary Burwell on health system reform.  Harvey Licht will be presenting at the NOSORH Annual Meeting. A webinar is scheduled on August 19th at 2 pm ET on MIPS (Merit Based Incentive Payment System).

Truserve Advisory Committee – The next meeting for the TruServe Advisory Committee is scheduled for August 19th and will continue to refine the definitions in the data dictionary.


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